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Yes, the COVID virus is natural

There's no New Hampshire angle to this, but in the light of some wacko speculation it seems useful: From Scripps Research The COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic has a natural origin, scientists say LA JOLLA, CA – March 17 – The novel SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that...

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Science Cafe NH is on hold, so why not revisit a few

Science Cafe NH is on hold, so why not revisit a few

Science Cafe New Hampshire is on a COVID19 timeout, both in Concord and Nashua. Very sad, I know, but this gives you the opportunity to make a video stroll through some cafes that you missed. To properly set the Science Cafe scene, make dinner and grab a beer or other...

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‘Live free or die’ has a new meaning right now

‘Live free or die’ has a new meaning right now

In the age of COVID-19 “Live Free or Die” takes on a whole new meaning, because a virus is not a terrorist. Doubling down on normal life – living free – was a proper response after 9/11 to show terrorists that Americans weren’t cowed by their attack. Doubling down on...

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Even in the midst of chaos, we need flowers

Even in the midst of chaos, we need flowers

In a desperate attempt to think about something other than COVID-19 and quarantines, I was happy to get this press release from UNH: By Lori Wright, UNH News Service: New Hampshire has seen a dramatic increase in cut flower farms, underscoring the need for reliable...

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Covid kludge hand bandana pushback

A number of readers were highly unimpressed with my Covid kludge (or kluge) of carrying a bandana around and using it as hand protection for doorknobs, etc. Better than gloves, which get in the way of everything else, and always available unlike a paper towel. They...

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About Granite Geek

Dave Brooks has written a science/tech column since 1991 – yes, that long – and has written this blog since 2006, keeping an eye on topics of geekish interest in and around New Hampshire, from software to sea level rise, population dynamics to printing (3-D, of course). He moderates monthly Science Cafe NH discussions, beer in hand, and discusses the geek world regularly on WKXL radio in Concord.

Brooks earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics but got lost on the way to the Ivory Tower and ended up in a newsroom. He has reported for newspapers from Tennessee to New England. Rummage through his bag of awards you’ll find oddities like three Best Blog prizes from the New Hampshire Press Association and a Writer of the Year award from the N.H. Farm and Forest Bureau, of all places. He joined the Concord Monitor in 2015.

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